HTC's new VR headset appears to have leaked days before reveal

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Is This HTC’s New Virtual Reality Headset?

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HTC is widely expected to unveil its new Vive Flow VR headset on Thursday, but we may already know what it looks like thanks to images posted by prolific leaker evan blass.

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NS first batch of images Blass posted on Twitter shows the headset with a tethered connection to another device, perhaps something portable such as a phone or tablet.

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Images show the device with traditional legs that go over the ears instead of a strap that typically wraps around the wearer’s head.

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HTC’s Project Proton Glass concept in phone-tethered form.

The headset in the images bears a striking resemblance to Project Proton, an entirely new mixed-reality headset concept HTC teased in February 2020. Nerdshala’s Scott Stein suggested at the time That thinner, more specs-like change on the Vive will be either a standalone headset, a phone-tethered headset, or both.

The Proton, according to HTC CEO Yves Maitre, is part of Vive’s goal of evolving into a headset like a pair of glasses.

HTC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but we should know more about its plans on Thursday with the tagline “go with the flowThe event begins at 8 a.m. PT and will be livestreamed on Vive.com and in VR.

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